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Cabot Wrestling Makes School History with First Ever State Championship Win

March 3, 2023

School history was made February 25th when the Cabot Panther Wrestling Team won their first State Championship! This is the school’s first State Championship since beginning Wrestling in the fall of 2008.

The Panthers defeated fifteen schools from across the state for the championship and three athletes won the State Champion title and five others receiving individual medals. Congratulations to Logan Eason, Josh Mercado, and Gavin Reardon on their first-place title!

2023 Cabot Wrestling 6A State Champions

Head Wrestling Coach Justin Turner was also named the 2023 6A Coach of the Year! Coach Turner has received this award 3 out of the last four years!

Coach Tuner gets awards 2023 Wrestling Coach of the Year
Coach Turner and his family

Eight individual wrestlers were medalists at State:

  • Logan Eason - STATE CHAMPION and 6A Wrestler of the Year
  • Josh Mercado - STATE CHAMPION and 6A Wrestler of the Year
  • Gavin Reardon - STATE CHAMPION
  • Kemandrell Hamilton - State Runner-Up
  • Nick Hazeslip - State Runner-Up
  • Noah Sample - 3rd Place
  • CJ Dye - 3rd Place
  • Lakeisha Neal – 4th Place

Logan Eason: 190 lbs

Logan (39-1) placed 1st and scored 24.0 team points.
Quarterfinal: Logan Eason 39-1 won by fall over Andrew Legaria (FS Northside) 8-9 (Fall 2:35)
Semifinal: Logan Eason 39-1 won by fall over Neil Williams (Bentonville) 36-19 (Fall 1:27)
1st Place Match: Logan Eason 39-1 won by fall over Braydon Fowler (Heritage) 24-20 (Fall 1:37)

Josh Mercado: 165 lbs
Josh (50-8) placed 1st and scored 22.0 team points.
Quarterfinal: Josh Mercado 50-8 won by fall over Byron Figueroa (Har-Ber) 27-30 (Fall 0:50)
Semifinal: Josh Mercado 50-8 won by fall over Evan Mckinnis (LR Central) 17-17 (Fall 3:57)
1st Place Match: Josh Mercado 50-8 won by decision over Bruce Quayle (Springdale) 31-9 (Dec 9-7)

Gavin Reardon: 215 lbs
Gavin (8-0) placed 1st and scored 20.0 team points.
Quarterfinal: Gavin Reardon  8-0 won by major decision over Gage Stout (B West) 29-18 (MD 11-3)
Semifinal: Gavin Reardon 8-0 won by major decision over Bryan Martinez (Jonesboro) 21-7 (MD 11-3)
1st Place Match: Gavin Reardon 8-0 won by decision over Jadaan Anderson (Bentonville) 36-17 (Dec 6-5)

Click HERE for a list of Cabot's State Tournament Individual Results.

Top 5 Schools Team Scores
1st Place – Cabot: 138.0
2nd Place – Heritage: 127.5
3rd Place – Bentonville: 127.0
4th Place – Springdale Har-Ber: 97.0
5th Place – Springdale: 87.0

Congratulations to the Cabot Panther Wrestling Team, Coach Turner, Coach Payne, Coach Rogers, Coach Cope, Coach Eason, and Coach Belli on a great season!

2022-2023 CHS Wrestling Team

2022-2023 CHS Wrestling Team Picture

Panther Wrestling was also the 2023 Central Champions this year.

Congratulations to the 2023 Wrestling Team:
Shawn Acosta, Gagnon Aiden, Camryn Aikanoff, Griffin Awbrey, Joseph Bartlett, Bradley Barton, Logan Bazil, Lawson Beams, Gabe Capel, Braden Carothers, Ethan Carter, Stuart Champlin, Brayden Collins, Cruz Cotton, Lawson Craig, Gavin Cunningham, Brayden Davenport, Bryan Davis, Casper Davis, Michael Davis, Kaden Dawejko, Dominic Delatorre, Jamari Dillard, Madyson Doane, Masceo Dropkin, CJ Dye, Logan Eason, Jacob Eckert, Nathan Gaines, Kaden Gifford, Kemandrell Hamilton, Aiden Harris, Keegan Hayes, Nick Hazeslip, Jeremiah Hendricks, Saedy Henrickson, Connor Hester, Tanner Hile, Blake Johnson, Silas Leaver, Kallen Leavitt, Matt Littell, Asia Long, Addison MacMillan, Matt Maradiaga, Josh Mercado, Travis Morris, Lakeshia Neal, Kaylie Owens, Collin Panter, Hunter Patton, Jack Pennington, Kamen Perdue, Chase Phillips, Ethan Putt, Gavin Reardon, Cayden Reynolds, Braden Roe, Matt Russell, Noah Sample, Adam Stanisor, Jacob Taylor, Gavin Vest, Keegan Vest, Ethan Wheeler, and Mallory Williams.

2023 6A Wrestling State Tournament

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